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Melanoma and nuclear medicine

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Supported by a large body of published work, the contribution of nuclear medicine technologies to the assessment of melanoma has been increasing in recent years. Lymphoscintigraphy-assisted sentinel lymph node biopsy and PET are in continuous evolution with the aid of technological imaging advances, making it possible to fuse functional and anatomic images (e.g., with SPECT/CT, PET/CT and 3D rendering systems). The development of hybrid fluorescent–radioactive tracers that enable high-quality preoperative lymphoscintigraphy and SPECT/CT, and the optimization of modern intraoperative portable imaging technologies, such as free-hand SPECT and portable γ-cameras, are important innovations that have improved sentinel lymph node identification in complex anatomical areas, such as the pelvis and head and neck.

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